Liverpool look to recover from Thursday’s tough loss at Manchester City as they welcome Aston Villa to Anfield in the third part of Super Sunday.
A win will keep Liverpool on track to set a new record points tally by a title winning team, whilst Villa could move out of the relegation zone with victory depending on results elsewhere.
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Xherdan Shaqiri could make a first post lockdown appearance for Liverpool, if he passes a late fitness test on a lengthy calf injury.
Joel Matip (foot) and Dejan Lovren (knock) are ruled out.
Villa could welcome Frederic Guilbert back from a knee injury if he plus Henri Lansbury both pass late fitness tests.
Tom Heaton, Wesley (both knee), Matt Targett (hamstring) and Bjorn Engels (Achilles) are ruled out.
- Liverpool have lost just one of their last eight league meetings against Aston Villa (W6, D1, L1).
- Villa are unbeaten in four of their last five trips to Anfield (W2, D2, L1).
- Liverpool’s last eight league goals against Villa have all come from eight different goal scorers.
- Virgil van Dijk is the only Liverpool player to have played full 2,880 minutes of Premier League action this season.
- Conor Hourihane is the only Villa player to score from a free-kick this season.
Liverpool shouldn’t be too disheartened by their defeat at Man City because City are in ferocious form, whilst the Reds are already champions and can afford to experiment with youngsters.
Villa meanwhile have played well but seem to lack that defensive quality needed to grind out results, of which I can’t see them getting a result here unless they are at absolute best.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
Result: Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa